I have now received well over 200 emails about Dominic Cummings; a very clear indication of the strength of feeling in Lewisham Deptford.
As you will be aware, Durham police have now carried out an investigation into Mr Cumming’s movements and concluded that while he did not break the law when he drove from London to Durham on March 27th, his journey to Barnard Castle “might have” resulted in a breach of the regulations that would have warranted police intervention.
However, we do know that Mr Cummings breached government guidance to stay at home; the very rules he helped to write. Much to the frustration of millions of people up and down the country, Boris Johnson continues to defend his advisor’s actions and still no apology has been forthcoming from Mr Cummings.
Keir Starmer has said that if he were Prime Minister, he would have sacked Mr Cummings. However, the Prime Minister continues to send the clear message that there is one rule for his closest adviser and another for the British people. The series of seemingly last minute and ill-considered announcements on the loosening of restrictions at the end of last week were clearly intended to deflect attention away from Mr Cummings, but this tactic has not worked.
Where MPs have been found to have breached the rules, they have done the right thing by apologising and stepping down from front bench roles. It is, of course, regrettable that they did not follow the advice, but it is right that they took this subsequent action.
Whilst we do not want to let this issue fade away, it is also vital that we do not let it distract us too much from the other important issues the country is facing at the moment. Our absolute number one priority must be to ensure that the British people are kept safe as we move through the crisis and out the other side.